Tech com­pany breaks bound­aries

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By HATTY LIU in Van­cou­ver For China Daily

The best things about con­sumer tech­nol­ogy are that it has no na­tional bound­aries and it pro­vides ev­ery­day so­lu­tions to life’s co­nun­drums, said Vin­cent Yang, co-founder and CEO of Van­cou­ver’s H+ Tech­nol­ogy.

The holo­graphic tech­nol­ogy com­pany, two of whose three co-founders were in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from China, has re­ceived ac­co­lades from the lo­cal com­mu­nity in its three years of ex­is­tence.

It won “Most Dis­rup­tive In­no­va­tion” and “Com­pany of the Year” at the Nex­tBC 2015 an­nual award show on June 6.

Ear­lier this month, the com­pany’s Kick­starter cam­paign to fund the launch of Ho­lus, a 3D holo­graphic table­top plat­form, broke its ini­tial fundrais­ing tar­get of C$50,000 in just 19 min­utes.

H+ Tech­nol­ogy was co-founded in 2012 by Yang, CFO Yamin Li and CTO Dhruv Ad­hia, all for­mer in­ter­na­tional stu­dents and grad­u­ates of the Master of Dig­i­tal Media joint pro­gram by UBC, SFU, BCIT and Emily Carr Univer­sity.

Yang and Li, who came to the pro­gram from main­land China, chose to stay in Van­cou­ver af­ter their grad­u­a­tion be­cause they found a lot of lo­cal sup­port for dig­i­tal media in­dus­tries.

“We did our re­search at the best en­vi­ron­ment for in­cu­bat­ing a startup, and you just want to be where the op­por­tu­nity is,” Yang said. “Van­cou­ver is full of tal­ent, and gave us the right op­por­tu­nity at the right time to in­cu­bate our ideas and find re­sources.”

“Apart from fund­ing and tax ben­e­fits, there’s as­sis­tance from the lo­cal gov­ern­ment to the tech­no­log­i­cal in­dus­tries in mar­ket re­search and plan­ning, so we fo­cus not just on growth, but also de­vel­op­ing good ideas,” Li ex­plained. “And of course, Van­cou­ver global con­nec­tions as North Amer­ica’s Pa­cific gate­way is valu­able to an en­tre­pre­neur.”

The mul­ti­cul­tural en­vi­ron­ment of Van­cou­ver was yet another at­trac­tion.

“There are very few cities in the world where you can meet peo­ple from ev­ery coun­try and learn about the needs of their mar­kets and their peo­ple,” Yang said. “This kind of en­vi­ron­ment is an ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary learn­ing tool to a startup.”

Since the com­pany’s found­ing, which Yang de­scribes as an “ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­ity in [the] base­ments and garages” of the co-founders while they worked other full-time jobs, H+ has grown into a young team of around 20 em­ploy­ees. A num­ber of them were for­mer in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from China and else­where, who can bring ex­per­tise and mar­kets knowl­edge from over­seas com­mu­ni­ties.

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